Posted On: 03/1/18 2:31 PM
Beulah vs. Mott-Regent
When these two teams met up on Mott-Regent’s home floor it was close. Mott-Regent fell by 12 points 60-48. Now the rematch will be on a neutral court in Hazen. There are a few things to pay attention to in this game.
Mott-Regent is the most athletic team in the region and they try to get out in transition often but they like to dribble up instead of quickly passing it up. Their tendency to dribble will let an athletic Beulah team swipe at the ball and recover.
Another key factor will be Mott-Regent’s 1-3-1 zone. They like to put Cody Perkins in the middle and protect him. Perkins is protected but he still gets a lot of blocks out of the look. Mott-Regent can be dangerous if they can turn tips and deflections into points the other way.
Both teams should shoot well at Hazen. Derek Ferebee, Beulah senior, lit Hazen up for six 3s earlier this year and Caleb Candrian, Bowman freshman, also shot well in Hazen earlier.
Beulah – Derek Ferebee, Jacob Weigel, and Logan Miller.
Mott-Regent – Cody Perkins, Hunter Crist, Tanner Zentner.
3-point shooting – Last time Mott-Regent and Beulah played Mott-Regent shot 3 of 22 from deep. If they get a few more to fall at Hazen, which is a shooter’s gym, things could be different.
Beach vs Heart River
These two teams went toe-to-toe earlier this year. Beach came out on top in overtime 57-52. So what’s the difference this time? One of the big questions is how Gage Swanson, Beach sophomore, will play. Swanson is a 6-2 sophomore who can play anywhere on the floor and carries a huge offensive scoring role.
Swanson didn’t play in his team’s season finale, a close loss to Hettinger-Scranton. If the extra time off was enough for him to heal up, Heart River will have some challenges.
Heart River has played everyone tough in Region 7 play. They can handle pressure and are good at getting defenders in foul trouble. They’ve thrived when they can run time off the clock and get the look they want but they can also play fast. The big question in this game is if Heart River can tire Beach’s big team out.
Heart River – Caleb Chruszch, Jayden Krivoruchka
Beach – Gunnar Farsveet, Gage Swanson
How Swanson recovers from injury. Beach needed him near 100 percent to win the last time these teams played. Anything less and Heart River has a chance to revenge their loss.
Dickinson Trinity vs. Killdeer
Dickinson Trinity is without the services of Noah Sickler. Sickler did a lot for Trinity – guard the opponent’s best player, rebound, score on the low block. Trinity has surely missed Sickler but they are showing signs of adapting.
One of those signs was whipping Killdeer at home by nearly 30 points, 63-35, about two weeks ago. What is Killdeer going to do differently this time? Dickinson Trinity always plays strong defense so Killdeer is going to have to use their offensive rebounding prowess to stay closer.
Rebounding and grit are what got Killdeer this far. If Daylon Danks can get his 3-point shot going for Killdeer it will give them enough offensive punch to have a chance at the upset.
Dickinson Trinity – Easton Walby, Colton Jones, Alec Sickler.
Killdeer – Alex Sadowsky, Garrett LeMieux, Daylon Danks
Can Killdeer figure out a way to produce on offense?
Hettinger-Scranton vs. Bowman County
These teams met up earlier this year and Bowman County fell by ten points. One of the big things against Bowman County is opponents can’t be overzealous defensively. If teams are then it’s a backdoor for two. Bowman is the best back cutting team in the region.
Bowman’s advantage in this matchup is their length. Hettinger-Scranton is short in the backcourt but Bowman struggled to take advantage of the height difference last times the teams matched up. None of Bowman’s guards posted up for the mismatch.
Surely this time around matching up in the post will be a focus. Hettinger-Scranton has shown an unwillingness to play zone. Maybe Hettinger-Scranton Head Coach Jeremy Dietchman has been hiding his zone packages so teams couldn’t prepare or maybe he’s just a die-hard man-to-man guy.
The big question is how will Bowman try to take advantage of their height over Hettinger-Scranton at the guard spots.
Hettinger-Scranton – Cale Schalesky, Isaiah Kludt, Jared Mattis
Bowman County – Dylan Scott, Andrew Miller, Reed Marmon
Can Jared Mattis and Isaiah Kludt stop bigger guards?